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We Found the Secret to Having the Best Brows Everyday

Farrah Casilda Al-Sahen of No Strips Waxing Salon knows the secret to having your eyebrows on fleek, every single day of the week.

We’ve probably talk about it too much, but it’s worth mentioning again—eyebrows can make or break a beauty look. Ask any woman out there. Whether you prefer yours perfectly arched and lined, or more natural-looking, brows can transform your face.

I know a lot of people who devote a good chunk of their morning into perfecting their brows. Pencil, powder, gel. There are so many amazing products out there to make sure your eyebrows are on fleek.

Of course, there are those who live by our previous Lazy Girl Beauty Guide (me, specifically). If a chance to cut our morning routines shorter comes up, then we’re taking it.

Farrah Casilda Nazareth is currently the only certified to do microblading at No Strips Waxing Salon, but she hopes to train her staff to be able to do it as well. This way, she will be able to offer the service in all three branches.

Enter Farrah Casilda Nazareth of No Strips Waxing Salon. With certifications for basics and masters training in permanent makeup from Singapore and Hong Kong, Farrah definitely knows what she’s doing. And though she’s studied other crafts like permanent lip tint and classic eyeliner, it’s eyebrow embroidery that she’s most passionate about.

“It can be more challenging than the other techniques, because you’re actually making cuts on the skin,” she says, referring to the needles used in the microblading process. “It’s a different discipline, and you have to be precise and have a light hand.”

A light hand, because I had gotten a lot of feedback that the process can be painful. “It’s really depends on your pain tolerance,” she laughs when I ask just how much it hurts. “That’s why we start off the treatment with a numbing cream.”

The numbing cream is left on for about 40 minutes, to allow the topical treatment to work its effect on the skin. Afterwards, Farrah does brow mapping to make sure the design of the brow complements the face shape. “There are people who come with pegs of what they want their brows to look like,” she shares. “And sometimes I have to tell them no. We have to go for something that’s flattering for your features.”

Farrah believes that brow mapping is an important part of the step, as it is a way to make sure your brows complements your face shape.

Once the shape is agreed on, Farrah gets down to business. Using a special microblading tool, she makes lines on the eyebrows that resemble hair strands for a more natural look. She explains that the ink she’s using is imported from the US, and specifically formulated for the brows. “Before, the inks they used to use for eyebrow tattoos were the same ones that they would use for the body,” she explains. “That’s why the colors change.”

The light and deliberate strokes, with a second coat of numbing cream in between, take about an hour. (The pain was pretty tolerable, although it was a lot more painful at the tail end of the brow than it was towards the nose) Farrah then expects the work, and figures out if she needs to add a few more strokes here and there.

The final product–full, perfectly shaped brows everyday!

“Microblading is actually best for those who have slightly full eyebrows, and just need help shaping and filling in some spots,” Farrah says. Those who have sparse eyebrows are recommended to take the microblading and shading combination. “That way, we can create the illusion of natural-looking, full brows.” The look is permanent, but Farrah recommends touch-ups every couple of years. Threading or plucking every few months is also required to groom any hair growth outside the filled-in areas.

No Strips Waxing Salon also offers an array of waxing services to get you ready for showing off this summer!

Eyebrow embroidery or microblading is only available at the Robinsons Galleria branch.
Open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM everyday.
They also have branches in Rain Tree Mall, F. Ramos St. corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City; and Robinsons Cybergate, Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City.


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5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa

Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.

Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.

Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.

Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.

“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.

The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.

Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.

For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.

“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”

Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.

“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”

While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.

“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”

While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.

“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”

Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.

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These Four Women Show Us How They Empower Themselves Through Pole Fitness

Charmaine, Jane, Ginie, and Ant are four women who take women empowerment on another level. With their daily morning routine of working their day jobs and attending to other matters, they all meet up in the afternoon to do one thing – Pole Fitness. Inside their studio, Pole Sphinx, they practice and teach other men and women about the beauty and grace of Pole Fitness and how it has helped them achieve much of what they are today.

Zee takes you inside their studio to fully know how these women empower others through Pole Fitness.


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Get That Glow Up at Rustan’s Beauty Addict

Cebu’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run this Thursday, October 10 in Rustan’s Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu.

Heads up, Beauty Addicts! The metro’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run. Say hello to Rustan’s Beauty Addict’s 2019 iteration: the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival. Happening on October 10 at Rustan’s Cebu, the first-of-its-kind festival brings together beauty gurus, skinfluencers and makeup aficionados alike in a celebration of two things we’re guilty of loving most: beauty and music.



Music has long been recognized as an avenue for self-expression and freedom, which makes it the perfect counterpart to the color, spirit and playfulness of the beauty realm. The GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival joins these creative forces to fashion an all-new Beauty Addict experience.

For Beauty Addict 2019, Rustan’s Cebu as we know it will transform into a wonderland of bright lights, fun installations and vibrant palettes, setting the scene for a festival getaway right in the heart of the city. Attendees can shop Rustan’s the Beauty Source’s ever-growing roster of beauty brands including CHANEL, La Prairie, Clarins, Jo Malone, Perricone, Nuxe, MAC, L’Occitane, Phyto, Diptyque, Jane Iredale, Stila, Deborah Lippmann, Acca Kappa, among others.

There will also be activity booths where Beauty Addicts in attendance can amp up their festival-worthy looks even further with a sprinkling of glitter, braid bar or an additional pop of color. Photo walls and a ball pool made specifically for snaps and Boomerangs will also ensure plenty of ‘gramming opportunities. To add more flair to your posts exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes are available for your use!

That’s not all: what good is a festival without music? Live performances by DJ Gio Visitacion, The Wonggoys and Pandora await GLOW-goers. In between sets, attendees can listen to the specially curated Rustan’s Beauty Addict: GLOW Spotify Playlist (bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats) as they post away on social media from the comfort of the lounge and cocktail area.


Making the Beauty Addict experience even better for shoppers this year, Rustan’s the Beauty Source is delivering on the digital front, too. Generating more buzz for the annual celebration of all things beauty, Rustan’s has created a variety of exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes for Beauty Addicts to enjoy.

This year’s event also marks the launch of the Beauty Addict mobile app. Simply download the Rustan’s FSP App on Google Play or the App Store and instantly gain access to all your Beauty Addict card privileges! Points earned on purchases made during the event can now be credited through the mobile app.

Any purchase made during the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival promises an automatic Beauty Addict membership. For existing Beauty Addict members, we encourage you to download the app to get a 50-point reward equivalent to a Php10,000 purchase. Even better, points earned by members from purchases made on the day of the event will be multiplied by 10!

This year’s celebration is in partnership with Metrobank Femme Visa and Metrobank Femme Signature Visa. Guaranteed to be bigger and grander this time around, don’t miss out on taking special snaps and make sure to have your photos taken by Sweet Escape Photography. Enjoy drinks and cocktails from local craft beer brand Engkanto Brewery.

Keep up with the latest deals, promos and brand offerings by following Rustan’s the Beauty Source on Facebook  and Instagram (@RustanstheBeautySource) or visiting their official website at Rustans-thebeautysource.com

Follow and listen to the curated Glow Beauty and Beats Spotify playlist here: bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats

Official hashtags: #RustansBeautyAddict #RustansTheBeautySource and tag us @rustansthebeautysource

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